Develop the expertise to provide complex nursing care and improve patient outcomes with specific populations. Become a clinical or executive leader with the knowledge to design, implement, manage, and evaluate complex and dynamic health care delivery systems.
This online program will prepare you for advanced practice and leadership roles in health care organizations. It is designed for practicing nurses who have already earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) or a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.).
As a Post-B.S.N. student, you will develop expertise to care for specific populations as a nurse practitioner. Direct care nurse practitioner specialty track options include: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Non-direct care providers specialize in Executive Nursing Leadership.
As a post-M.S.N. student, you may specialize in Clinical Leadership in Health Care or Executive Leadership and Health Care. Individuals already certified as Nurse Practitioners or Clinical Nurse Specialists in Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Family, Psychiatric Mental Health, or Pediatric (acute or primary care) who desire to expand knowledge in their existing practice specialty can do so as part of the Clinical Leadership in Health Care option.
You may also complete a post graduate A.P.R.N. certificate at the same time, adding an additional specialty to your skill set.
As a graduate of our program, you will be trained to:
Class are completed online. However, students must attend in-person immersion blocks (1- 3 days) on the Lexington campus twice each semester. During the immersion blocks you will attend orientation and networking events and complete various degree-related activities, including testing, skill assessments, and standardized patient modules.
“I received the very best graduate nursing education and clinical practice experience in the D.N.P. program at U.K., and I look forward to my career as a family nurse practitioner with pride and confidence”
DNP(c), BSN, RN
College of Nursing
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University of Kentucky
If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.